5 Stops To Make On The West Coast Road

5 Stops To Make On The West Coast Road

With summer fast approaching, everyone is planning a trip up the Cape West Coast for some fun in the sun. A West Coast road trip is undoubtedly one of the best road trips to take in South Africa. And because of its close proximity to Cape Town, a drive up the West Coast makes for a good day road trip from Cape Town.  As the local saying goes; Weskus is die bes kus. But with the sheer amount of Cape West Coast activities and attractions, one could easily become overwhelmed and as a result miss out on quite a few gems. But don’t despair! If you’re heading to that coastal town along the R27, here are 5 stops to make on the West Coast Road.   Route 27 Roosterkoek I’m sure quite a few of you are familiar with the popular Vygevallei Farmstall on the West Coast road. But did you know about Route 27 Roosterkoek where you can get the most delicious, generously filled curry mince roosterkoek (bread made on the grill)? Well now you do! They’re situated on the same premises as Vygevallei so you’ll be killing two birds with one stone when you make the stop. I promise it’s the best padkos (road trip food) you’ll have on your trip and it’ll fuel your belly up for the road ahead too.   !Khwa ttu If you’ve got an hour to spare, do yourself a favour and book a San guided tour at !Khwa ttu situated just outside the town of Yzerfontein off the West Coast road. The tour offers insight into the San culture – the...
Tips For Road Tripping With A Baby

Tips For Road Tripping With A Baby

Having a baby is one of the most joyous occasions in your life. It’s also an occasion that requires a lot of adjustment. While I was pregnant I was road tripping up until my third trimester. Just scroll through my Instagram feed and you’ll see photos of me posing with my bump on a mountain higher than Table Mountain and in the middle of a back-road in the Cederberg Mountains. That was when baby was still snugly inside my tummy. Few things could’ve prepared us for road tripping with a baby once he was born. But after a few months of tears and tantrums, I’d say we’ve learnt a thing or two about traveling with an infant.   Be prepared If you’re planning on traveling by car with an infant, it is essential to prepare well ahead of time. It’s a good idea to start by compiling a list of things to pack for baby. And don’t hold out on this one! We’ve made the mistake of thinking we could leave some things at home – 200km down the line we wished we hadn’t.  Depending on your preferences, some traveling essentials with baby include; LOTS of wet wipes, at least two extra sets of clothes and something to soothe and entertain baby during the ride. Basically, whatever your baby can’t do without at home, he’ll probably need on the road too. Do your homework We’ve been to quite a few places on the assumption that they’re family-friendly and will probably cater for parents with newborns. WRONG. Our first road trip with baby was a rude awakening and since then...
7 Photos That Will Inspire You To Explore The Western Cape

7 Photos That Will Inspire You To Explore The Western Cape

The Western Cape of South Africa is a holidaymaker’s dream destination. It is filled with world famous tourist attractions and hidden gems alike. Sometimes we focus so much on the former that we forget about what the latter has to offer. This is exactly what I aim to highlight in this post with a collection of photos that will inspire you to explore the Western Cape. So head out of the busy city and take a Shot Left!   West Coast National Park is one of the Western Cape’s most popular natural attractions. Every year during the August and September flower season the park explodes into colour when thousands of flowers come out to play in the Spring sunshine. This also attracts thousands of visitors who come to view the beautiful little things as well as to explore everything the park has to offer. But did you know that the West Coast National Park also offers houseboat accommodation? I can’t imagine anything more calming than relaxing on the tranquil blue waters of Langebaan while soaking up the sun.       The Garden Route is a lush green part of South Africa that stretches from Heidelberg in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It’s a must on everyone’s list of places to see in the Western Cape and has an array of attractions and accommodation options. One such place is Botlierskop Private Game Reserve nestled in the Outeniqua Mountains. The reserve is a hidden gem accessible by a little dirt road driving and is located just before the town of George. With rolling mountain views...
8 Things To Do In Tsitsikamma During Winter

8 Things To Do In Tsitsikamma During Winter

Tsitsikamma, situated along the scenic Garden Route, is a playground of adventure activities. We visited this amazing part of the Eastern Cape three weeks ago on a family weekend away – smack bang in the middle of winter. It was cold but bearable and the stunning scenery certainly made up for it. Storms River village is about an 8 hour drive from Cape Town including some refuelling and farmstall rest stops. If you’re not used to such a long drive, it would probably be best to have an extra driver on board so you can relieve each other. The list of things to do in Tsitsikamma is endless and the fact that it’s winter doesn’t mean you need to miss out on anything! Things to do in Tsitsikamma during winter You might already feel overwhelmed with all the Garden Route attractions but trust me; you’ll want to experience Tsitsikamma at least once. Admittedly, the weekend was almost too short to see all the places on our list but we made it happen! All attractions were open during our visit and below are a list of things to do in Tsitsikamma during winter as experienced by us. Be warned, you might want to pack your bags and go there immediately! 1) Stop at the Tsitsikamma Total Village Otherwise known as the Petroport, this is not your average petrol station. The ‘village’ includes favourites such as Mugg & Bean and Steers but that’s not why you should make a stop here. If you take a walk through the Steers, you’ll find an entrance to the lookout point with the most amazing...
How To Spend 2 Hours In Riebeek Kasteel

How To Spend 2 Hours In Riebeek Kasteel

You might be thinking why the heck you’d want to drive all the way to Riebeek Kasteel to spend a mere two hours there. Well, when you’ve got a baby on board (human or fur baby for that matter) things can change very quickly. We took an hour’s drive to the town of Riebeek Kasteel a few days after the masses who’d attended the annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival had left. The intention was to spend the day in the quaint little town and possibly discover a few hidden gems. As you can see from the title of this post, it didn’t quite work out that way. So should you find yourself with only a few hours to spend in Riebeek Kasteel, here’s what to do. 20min – Start by taking a stroll down the Main road As with most small towns in the Western Cape, there’s mainly only one street where all the action is and this one is no different. So you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s a lack of things to do in Riebeek Kasteel but you’d also be wrong. The main road has a wide variety of shops, art galleries and places to eat so you might very well end up spending quite some time there.  I have a thing for old churches so we purposefully parked opposite the Dutch Reformed Church so we that we could start our walk up the Main road from this architectural beauty. 15min – Take a slight left into Short street Just as we passed the Royal Hotel the quirky Short street just off the main road caught our...
Carmien Tea Tasting and Farm Tour in the Cederberg

Carmien Tea Tasting and Farm Tour in the Cederberg

So what does an expecting mama in her third trimester do for fun around these parts? That’s the question I’ve been trying to get answers to in the last few weeks. Let’s face it, there’s not much we can do that requires minimal exertion. Cue a post from Carmien Tea popping up in my Twitter newsfeed and I suddenly had something to look forward to doing again. The Perfect Outing for an Expectant Mom As any expectant mother will tell you, we’ve got to watch what we eat and drink very carefully. Rooibos tea is one of the things I could enjoy freely throughout my pregnancy without worry. So when I saw the post about the tea tasting and farm tour Carmien Tea offered, I was excited. We immediately made plans to book as my time for road trips is running out fast! Carmien Tea is situated on the Bergendal farm just outside the town of Citrusdal. On a supposedly mild day last week we take on the N7 highway, dodging trucks and road works along the way. We quickly realise that a mild day in Cape Town does not mean the same thing on the West Coast. Temperatures peak at 30 degrees as we near the Piekenierskloof Pass and the aircon remains on full blast. The turn-off to Carmien Tea, the Paleisheuwel road, is a welcome escape from the busy highway. We drive for 7 kilometres to our destination having the road entirely to ourselves. Rooibos tea exclusively grows in this part of the world due to the warm and dry climate being the ideal conditions for it....

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